Industrial ATEX Cleaning – Explosive Dust Removal
What is ATEX Cleaning
Industrial ATEX cleaning is the removal of fine dust particles that when disturbed can cause a dangerous explosion.
The ATEX directive consists of two EU directives describing what equipment and work environment is allowed in an environment with an explosive atmosphere. ATEX derives its name from the French title of the 94/9/EC directive: Appareils destinés à être utilisés en ATmosphères EXplosibles.
What is ATEX?
An explosive atmosphere, or ATEX, is characterised by a mixture of air and flammable substances in the form of gases, vapours, mists or dusts in which, after ignition has occurred, combustion spreads to the entire unburned mixture.
An explosive atmosphere is “an atmosphere likely to become explosive in consequence of the local and operational conditions”.
In order to explode, the explosive atmosphere must contain a combustible mixture and an ignition source (spark, flame, etc.)
ATEX Cleaning – Explosive Dust Removal is required by all businesses that create this as part of there work process. they need to adhere to The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations, 2002 (DSEAR) came into force on 9th December 2002 and were the vehicle by which the 1999/92/EC ATEX Directive have been implemented in UK legislation. DSEAR requires employers to take all necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of workers where dangerous substances, including material which could cause a dust explosion, are being handled.
Most organic products such as coal dust, sugar, flour, bio fuels etc. create a dust explosion hazard.
The waste and recycling plants create a heavy volume of dust. The particulate that are created by these processes are a fine recipe for explosive dust. This includes paper, aluminium, glass and many more elements that create an explosive hazard.
There are dust suppression and ventilation systems in place, but they cannot wholly eradicate the dust that escapes into the environment from the mechanical processes such as sorting, separating and compacting the materials. This dust settles on surfaces all over the vicinity.
Our highly trained team of operatives use a vast range of specialist equipment to safely remove traces of dust and debris to provide a safe and clean environment.
All our operatives are IPAF, specialist access and confined space trained. Health and safety is at the forefront of our company and we work hard to ensure that we comply with all health and safety standards and work with you to meet all your companies individual requirements.